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Thai Street Food - Chicken Noodle (Breakfast this morning)


Thai chicken noodle is not very common but if you can find it its great. 
Stall by the street Ramintra Soi 21
Freshly braised chicken made on the spot every morning
Owner very friendly
Makeshift set up
Free water
Free vegetables and spices add all you want
After ordering when your bowl is ready they will call you to collect and you go add your own condiments
Very generous in the portion and chicken too - normal costs 35 baht 1.55) special 40 baht ($1.80)
Most important of all, its super delicious especially the soup
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Top 7 Thailand expat myths

Published on June 28, 2019 By Tim Newton




If you read the internet, particularly one particular website we won’t name (thaivisa.com)… whoops, then you’d think that Thailand is a dreadful place to visit, filled with hate-filled expats who live in fear and loathing of, well, everything. According to many, the sky is likely to fall in at any moment and everything in Thailand is too expensive, too corrupt, too hot, too cold and too dangerous.


Here are a seven popular myths some expats like to keep touting.


The TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) make up the tourist arrival numbers


This has been a popular conspiracy theory for decades. As the numbers of tourists continued to rise, so did the comment “they’re making it up”. With no evidence to back their claims, keyboard warriors, seemingly unhappy that there is a rise in the number of tourists coming to Thailand, claim passionately that the TAT are just inventing numbers to appease their bosses.


It should be mentioned that the TAT don’t run around counting heads but get their figures from the Thai Ministry of Sports and Tourism which collate the statistics from the Immigration Department reports.


Meanwhile the airports get busier, add new terminals, more flights arrive, new hotels get built, new tourist attractions open, new condos get constructed and people scream about long immigration queues.


The TAT have assured us, over the years, that the methods used for collecting tourist arrival data has been the same for 20 years and that the figures are audited. The risk the TAT would have of being exposed with fraudulent numbers would be a major loss of face.


However if you’d prefer to believe ‘CrankyPattaya’, ‘BritRoot’ or ‘TratTrash’, then go for it.


Things are getting too expensive in Thailand


And things are getting more expensive around the world. It’s called inflation. The rises in prices for food, services in goods in Thailand can partly be explained with the rise of tourism to the country with popular locations having higher rentals than in the past as the value of the property in tourist regions rises.


Whilst you can pay 300+ baht for a pad thai in a tourist area, locals can still get the same meal for under 50 baht. Is the price higher than it was 10 years ago? Of course.


The differences in prices between the popular tourist magnets and the outlying areas of the country continues to become more apparent though. If you’re going to live in Pattaya, Phuket or Sukhumvit Road, then you will find many prices have risen along with the popularity of the locations and the rising real estate prices.


You have a high chance of dying on Thailand’s roads


According to figures from the World Health Organisation, Eritrea has the most number of road deaths (with 48.4 deaths per 100,000 residents), Dominican Republic – 41.7, Libya – 40.5, Thailand – 38.1, Venezuela – 37.2. So Thailand has, statistically, the fourth most dangerous roads in the world. The statistic looks bad.


But when you factor in that 74% of those deaths are people on motorcycles, often also drunk and not wearing a helmet, it’s not as bad as the numbers suggest, if you’re not in the high-risk categories. But IF you’re not drunk, wear a helmet, ride responsibly or travel in a car, your chances of getting killed on the roads are a LOT lower. Whilst the statistics still look truly awful they are heavily weighted against young males between 16-24.


So if you don’t fall into the ‘at risk’ categories that make up a very high majority of deaths on Thailand’s roads, then you are in less danger than the world average. That’s still not good enough but it puts Thailand’s high ranking into perspective.


The Thai government don’t want us to stay here


In recent years there has been additional levels of paperwork put on the application for visas for long-term stayers in the Kingdom. In the past some of the requirements were overlooked or sorted out through, ummm, negotiation. At the same time the Thai Government has announced many other changes to visas and introduced Smart Visas and BOI visas, aimed at encouraging skilled professionals to live and work in Thailand.


All this while the exchange rates for many currencies have turned bad, especially for UK, European and Australian citizens, so their pensions or offshore investments haven’t been stretching as far as in the past.


Most of the changes come in the form of enforcement of existing rules and a general ‘clean up’ of procedures at Thai Immigration offices. There have been many improvements, well… attempts at improvements, along the way as well – things like drive-thru services.


Bottomline, if you think it’s difficult to live, work and stay in Thailand, just check how difficult it is for a Thai citizen to move to your country.


All expats sit in bars and date bar girls


In the 1980s this may have been statistically prevalent. But the type-cast expat living in Pattaya, Patpong and Phuket has changed radically in the past 30 or so years. Now expats come from a much broader range of countries, settle here for many different reasons, are younger, many have families and are much more likely to be working here than retired. And you’re unlikely to see them sitting in bar chatting up bar girls (not that there’s anything wrong with that).


But old perceptions die hard and the typical Thai expat is still thought to be white, older and enjoys dating younger Thai bar girls. Statistically this is a tiny proportion of the 300,000 or so expats thought to be living and working in Thailand in 2019.


Staying in the Kingdom without a job, with limited funds and no health insurance is becoming increasingly complex. But you’d find that situation in most parts of the world now.


The Thai government is a dictatorship


We’ll tread a little carefully here. Thailand’s fraught experiment with democracy, since the absolute monarchy was abolished back in 1932, has been fragile. Lots of coups, lots of Army tampering and lots of elections. Thailand now has the dubious distinction of being the world’s only current Military-led government. But is it a ‘dictatorship’ in the historical use of the phrase? Probably not.


The NCPO, the Army-led National Council of Peace and Order, took the reins of government on May 22, 2014 in a bloodless take-over from the civilian-elected government.


But the Thai Government are in good company in and around South East Asia. Laos and Vietnam are both run by communist governments (with stable capitalist economies), Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy run by a leader who has been seen to control the ‘elections’ by suppressing political dissent. Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy but has suffered ongoing political division and nepotism, and more recently a rise in religions tensions that cripple the government’s ability to govern. Singapore is more of a family business than a democracy – the south east asian economic miracle of the 20th century. Brunei is run by a Sultan who has recently introduced aspects of Sharia law into the Sultanate – no elections there. Myanmar is a quasi army-run dictatorship. Etc, etc…


Indonesia, Japan and South Korea are the only relatively stable Asian democracies but they are few and far between.


So Thailand’s unique take on the words ‘election’ and ‘democracy’ should be viewed in a wider framework of pan-Asian politics. Bottomline, there aren’t tanks rolling down the streets or soldiers standing on street corners toting guns. In the Wikipedia Democracy Index, Thailand falls into the category of ‘hybrid regime’ and that’s probably about right.




There’s NO Freedom of Speech in Thailand


Whilst there are many subtle, and a few less subtle, limitations on Thai media, you will see robust debate and editorials printed in Thai and foreign-language media any day of the week. It’s a uniquely ‘Thai’ type of media but there are a few well-documented cases of individuals who have dared to tread over the grey line.


Going to a Thai media scrum is about as robust as you’ll find anywhere in the world and the questions fired at politicians, usually cloaked in very polite language, can cover just about any issue. There are a few ‘no go’ topics in Thailand and that’s a cultural thing that takes a few years to fully understand. But, believe me, the Thai media is a robust part of the ongoing political and economic discourse of the country, despite the many perceived or real restrictions. Like many other things in Thailand, when it comes to freedom of the media, TIT.


The Thaiger has never been contacted by the police, the Army or government officials to discuss or remove anything we’ve published.







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deleted post abt Thai tourist visa and transfered it to road trip thread as its more appropriate there.

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Lunch at Reclining Buddha, Koyo, Songkhla. Lots of street vendors st the temple grounds as it is a Buddhist holiday in Thailand, 16 & 17th Jul. Pork noodles and sio bak.






Tea break, bird's nest soup.







Dinner at Greenway night market, Hatyai.









Back for somemore bird's nest and sharkfin soup.





Dessert at street stall.





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For those who like Singapore style chicken rice in Bangkok you can find it at Central Eastville Mall 2nd floor. 




Boon Tong Kee, a few years ago a Thai businessman brought it to Bangkok with 6 branches now.




The restaurant




The lunch




Juicy chicken




Bitter gourde soup




Foe those interested in the menu in Thailand 















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Finished a meeting at Silom Road (one of the busiest roads in Bangkok) at 4.30pm if I drive home will take a long time so decided to visit my fav Indian restaurant at Soi 11




Dohsa or thosai with mutton



Chicken biryani


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Finished a meeting at Silom Road (one of the busiest roads in Bangkok) at 4.30pm if I drive home will take a long time so decided to visit my fav Indian restaurant at Soi 11
Dohsa or thosai with mutton
Chicken biryani


Btw , where's your friend photo?

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Btw , where's your friend photo?


I working time alone how to bring?

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Visited my favourite Japanese sushi restaurant last night known as Sushi Tsukiji located at Soi Thaniya - https://goo.gl/maps/Kxvq3LxuWzQzELhs8




By the bar






Ginkgo and edamame



Left to the chef to do the selection for us






More sashimi



Manirated maguro





Slightly grilled roe



End with beef


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Long lunch today traditional Thai food


Nice spread



Thia herbs meat balls



Mango spicy salad



Hot and spicy tomyam



Great lunch, time to go


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Four bombs go off around Bangkok this morning, two injured




Four bombs have gone off around different parts of Bangkok this morning, in the wake of a fake bomb placed in front of the Royal Thai Police HQ in Bangkok late last night.


The first explosion this morning was in front of a Government Building, Building B, in the Lak Si District, in the northern suburbs of the capital. It went off around 7am.


The second explosive went off in a garden area, opposite the first explosion on Rama 9, a ‘short time’ after the first explosion. In both cases, no one was injured.


The third explosion was on Rama 9 in Soi 57/1, approximately 12 kilometres from the 1st and 2nd explosions, near the Airport Link in Bang Kapi. Two people were injured in this incident.


And at 9.17am a small device exploded near Chong Nonsi BTS, near the Mahanakhon Building in Sala Daeng district.


Police suspect all four incident are part of a wider campaign that started last night when a few bomb was left outside the Royal Thai Police HQ in Bangkok. Read that story HERE.


More news on the way about these incidents on The Thaiger.






Photos from the first explosion this morning at 7am




Two people injured in the 3rd explosion this morning




The fourth explosion was out the front of the Chong Nonsi BTS in Sala Daeng area of the city

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Lucky not much damage done and no deaths.

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Just finiahed a 3rh Thai traditional massage near home


The shop



Modern design



Clean and zen



Feet washing



Reclining chairs for foot massage



Private room, all bedsheets and pillow cases change after each customer



3hrs Thai traditional massage, loosen up all the bones and muscles, paid 870 baht or $39 (gave masseur 300 baht or $13.50 for her excellent service)





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Kway Chap in Bangkok



The shop





The stall





Lunch - kway chap


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Early lunch today or rather had brunch at 10.30am at a very nice Thai restaurant






Green curry with lots of veges



Chicken winglets



My $16.80 meal


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any intro for makan in thailand

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